West, East, and Bureaucratic Torture

Next Tuesday 23.2.2016, at 11:00-13:00 Prof. Smadar Lavie will give a lecture in Groningen as part of a tour promoting her book “Wrapped in the Flag of Israel” - Mizrahi Single Mothers and Bureaucratic Torture. The lecture will take place in the Zittingszaal, Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, Oude Boteringestraat 38, Groningen. In today’s …

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Inviting our future: liberal de-culturalization and the Paris attacks – Part two

  “Perhaps we should ask ourselves if these people have not rather come here to save us.” (Erik Borgman)   In today’s post Ton Groeneweg continues his analysis of liberal de-culturalization as a deeper trend exposed by the responses to the attacks in Paris. In this second part of his blog, he focuses on how …

On the Political and the Personal. Or, How to Retain a Sense of “Humanity” in Egypt? Part 2

Dr Vivienne Matthies-Boon is currently in Cairo. In this continuation of her previous post, she shares with us some of her experiences and reflections on the ongoing conflict between pro-democracy campaigners and supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood. In the previous post, I briefly outlined the political, violent, situation of the clashes here in Cairo.  In …

Religie en Burgerschap: een ambivalente relatie

“Burgerschap bestaat in de identificatie met het typisch Nederlandse van onze samenleving.” (1) Met dit citaat uit de integratienota 2007-2011 laat de overheid zien dat ze verwacht dat nieuwkomers zich op sociaal-cultureel vlak aanpassen. Maar waaraan? Als dit typisch Nederlandse bestaat uit het feit dat abortus en euthanasie in Nederland zijn toegestaan, en dat homoseksualiteit geaccepteerd …